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Herman, Nikolaus. Ein new Mandat Jesu Christi an alle seine getruen Christen in welchem er auffgebeut allen so jm in der Tauff gehuldet vnd geschworn haben, Das sie das verlorne Schloss (Den Glauben an sein wort) dem teuffel widerumb abgewinnen sollen, Gezogen auss heyliger schrifft. [Nürnberg: Wolfgang Heussler, 1546]. 4to (20 cm, 7.75’’).  ff. $950.00
This very successful pamphlet prints a letter to Christians from Christ — "signed" by him (in type, of course) at the end. Nikolaus Herman (1500–61) was a Lutheran teacher and cantor at the Latin School of Joachimsthal, and his Mandat joined the numerous Protestant lay works published in the wake of the Reformation, advertising the new doctrines in an accessible format. In this letter, written in the first person, Christ explains how he had defeated the devil, and thus lost his life; albeit his teachings have become distorted due to centuries of misinterpretations, leading to the devil’s comeback, Christ is now ready to rescue his people again through the true faith and spirituality he had left as legacy.
First printed in 1524 and not again until 1546, this is one of three editions printed in the latter year. As will surprise no one, the text is in gothic type, with shouldernotes, and there are two woodcuts: one on the title-page is of Christ preaching indoors to a large assembly of kneeling men, and on that page's verso is one of a minister in the pulpit preaching to a congregation of men and women, some seated, others standing.
Provenance: Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel (“AHA”) at rear.
Searches of NUC and WorldCat find => no U.S. library reporting ownership of this edition.
VD16 H2406. 20th-century grey paper boards, complete with the final blank; old ink notation of position in sometime nonce volume ("N. 16") to title-page, and old navigation/index tab to fore-edge of same. Text with a faint waterstain to lower margins, moderate on last leaf and final blank, only; otherwise, gentle age-toning generally. => A attractive copy of an attractive production. (40844) Please RESHELVE This.
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